The Holocaust, “holocausts”, and the NABRE

Complaints about modern Biblical translations succumbing to the neurotic silliness of “political correctness” are hardly uncommon, most often revolving around the increasingly fraught usage of pronouns. However, sometimes such sentiments direct the work down the same self-defeating path of excavated meaning in surprising ways. In the “Preface to the Revised New American Old Testament”, the editors of the NABRE make their apology for yet another Bible translation/revision along the usual lines one typical sees, and gives as an example of cultural changes ...

MaybeToday.org, 2.0

After almost ten years of running this site on the original MaybeToday theme, one I cut my teeth on by modifying a free WordPress theme call “Ad Clerum”, MaybeToday.org has finally had a face lift. Working from a premium theme called “Graphy Pro”, I was able to adequately customize it and port the site to the new theme in a little more than a day, which is a far cry form the time and effort it took to bring the site up in 2008. Everything is cleaner and simpler this time, and I’ve jettisoned a lot of the visual noise that oc...

Iona Calls it Quits

Around the time I turned 40, I was despairing of being able to find truly satisfying contemporary music to listen to. I had been listening to (mostly) rock for three decades, and was finding both new and old rock music increasingly unbearable, both musically and, especially, lyrically. Sometime during the autumn of 2000, I stumbled across an interview with Rick Wakeman where he was asked what his favorite Christian band was. He answered that his favorite band at that point, without qualification, was Iona. I thought that was a pretty good recommendation,...

WORDsearch 11 Product Evaluation Posted

I published tonight what I imagine will be the last iteration of my WORDsearch Bible Study software product evaluation page. It’s a more detailed assessment of the various aspects of the program than I’d probably intended to write, especially given my limited use of it these days, but it’s out there. I still get a fairly steady stream of hits on the site for the WORDsearch page, so I felt somewhat duty-bound to update it. But I’d be surprised if I upgraded when version 12 comes out, so this is probably the end of the line for me as a critic of that prod...

A Letter to My Teen Daughters, Concerning Racism

It can be difficult for me to get a handle on what I want to say about something, especially on-the-spot. But I wanted to follow up on tonight’s brief post-dinner discussion of something I consider profoundly important in the world today, which is the role the idea of racism plays in the on-going cultural drama of the propagation of modern society’s religious dogmas. I hope you will all find the time to do me the courtesy of reading this through. I have tried to be brief, but that’s a challenge, too… Some information gleaned from reputable-looking sites ...

WORDsearch 11: New Features, Part 3 (NoteStacks)

The final element of my evaluation of Lifeway’s version 11 release of their WORDsearch electronic Bible Study platform concerns the only really new feature introduced in this version, which is a brand new knowledge management tool known in various contexts as NoteStack, NoteStacks, Note Stacks, and Card Stacks. This tool seems similar to the Sermons & Illustrations tool that appeared in the prior version, but is geared more toward topically or logically organizing content from library resources. More fundamentally, this is a vastly improved mechanism...

WORDsearch 11: New Features, Part 2 (Look & Feel)

The WORDsearch website identifies “Look & Feel” as a new feature, so I will address it as a whole, though the “feature” aspect is really just the new, tabbed user interface as a means of program presentation. The first thing I noticed upon initial start-up is how grey the interface is now. Anyone who uses the 2013/365 versions of Microsoft Office will find this look familiar. I expect it to be a fad that will pass as soon as Apple releases some new gizmo interface using bright, polished colors. It’s not important either way, and I suppose the overwh...

WORDsearch 11: New Features, Part 1

Having addressed the installation and setup of the WORDsearch 11 upgrade last week, I have been evaluating the new release, with a particular interest in identifying and assessing what has changed in the upgrade. The WORDsearch website identifies the following features as new: New! New Look & Feel New! LESSONmaker Integration New! Cloud Backup/Restore New! Second Monitor Support New! NoteStack Window New! Customizable Toolbar New! Topic Explorer and Cross-Reference Explorer Speedup New! "Open Book" button ...

WORDsearch 11, initial thoughts: Setup

I purchased and installed the new WS11 upgrade last week. I hadn’t been sure I’d actually do it, but after attending a free training session to get some exposure to the new StackNotes feature, I was impressed enough with the potential of the tool to lay out the $40 upgrade fee and give the new version a try. I downloaded the installer to a network share and ran it on my Windows 10 laptop, but the installer failed with a non-descriptive error, so I copied the installer file to my local desktop, and it ran through to successful completion. However, the i...

The alleged rape is real, but it is the rape of sexuality itself

Quote of the Day for Saturday, September 12th, 2013: Pete Jermann, writing on-line last week for Crisis Magazine, anticipates that the new school year will see the resurgence of the phony “college rape crisis” narrative that became de rigeur of late, especially last year. Except that Jermann sees that it is not phony at all, but simply a disordered expression of a genuine response to violation, but a violation that encompasses (and implicates!) the entirety of modern “sexual” culture:   The crisis is not in the competing true/false allegations of t...

Rumblings From a Deep Slumber

Rumblings from out of a deep slumber at MaybeToday.org, as I turn the lights back on to note some activity… WORDsearch LifeWay this week released WORDsearch 11, which is the first major version release in almost four years. I haven’t run the new version yet, and very well may not, at least for the foreseeable future, as the marketing approach being taken ($50 for an engine-only upgrade, discounted to $40 through September) seems hard to reconcile against new product descriptions that identify a few nice-sounding but hardly game-changing improvements to w...

The Fish, Out of Matter: R.I.P.

Yes bassist Chris Squire passed away last night at age 67. I don’t usually pay too much attention to what goes on in the entertainment world, as I don’t have much personal investment in it, and never really have. But there have been some exceptions to that. Chris Squire would be pretty close to the top of that exception list. Squire had noted on Facepalm® last month that he had fallen victim to a brutal disease, so today’s news was not entirely surprising, but it was disturbing nonetheless, and I’m feeling as if I lost a friend. That’s a silly sentiment,...